Exhibition of unconventional treasure

26 March 2012

Clare ButcherPlastic fantastic: Curator of Imperfect Librarian Clare Butcher describes the work of Joanne Bloch, which showcases a fragment of Bloch's The People: a thousands-strong personal collection of plastic figurines and objects.

Don't expect the regular dusty, crusty archival display when popping into the new exhibition, Imperfect Librarian.

Running at the Michaelis Gallery until 26 March, the exhibition features the works-in-progress of seven master's and doctoral students of UCT's Archive and Curatorship: The Visual University and its Columbarium (ARC) programme.

As its name suggests, Imperfect Librarian reflects on the orthodoxy of archival arrangement, the worth people attach to the things they keep, and the politics that come with questioning truth and value.

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